On Sunday 4 July, the whole country is invited to say “Thank you”.

It is a fitting tribute, a day before the NHS celebrates its 73rd birthday, and a great moment to come together with our neighbours, communities and families to reflect on the many things we can be thankful for despite a difficult 15 months.

The Chairman of Wealden District Council, Councillor Ron Reed, is amongst the first to express his gratitude:

“I really want to say a heartfelt ‘Thank You’ to the people of Wealden. To everyone that has supported neighbours, friends, family and colleagues throughout the COVID crisis.

“The last year has tested us all. It has always been our priority to keep the people of Wealden safe, to support our most vulnerable and to ensure that we continue to deliver the essential services that you need. As a Council, we simply could not have achieved this without the help and support of our residents, communities and colleagues.

It is important you know how much these efforts have been recognised and appreciated. From the very beginning, our collective response to the coronavirus pandemic is something we as a district can be very proud of. You have reminded us that when it really matters, we are here for one another and that is something we are truly grateful for.

We have been truly inspired by your personal commitment to making a difference in these unprecedented and challenging times. We could not have done it without you.”

In the first national day of its kind, the Council would like to take this opportunity to pause and say a very big THANK YOU.

  • Thank you to the neighbours, community and voluntary groups who through the Wealden Community Hub have delivered food parcels, dropped off shopping and collected prescriptions.
  • Thank you to all the NHS staff that have worked tirelessly on the frontline and behind the scenes to support and care for people in need.
  • Thank you to all our colleagues at every level for the work they have done to keep services going on behalf of our communities.
  • Thank you to all the volunteers and essential workers for ensuring that we all have essential care, that our supermarkets have food, and that goods were safely delivered.
  • Thank you to all of you for staying at home and following the rules.

This Sunday, 4 July, people across the UK are encouraged to say thank you in their own special way. Why not have a picnic, raise a glass or a mug of tea, or bake a cake for your neighbours.  Whatever you choose to do, it is certain to be a day full of gratitude and very well deserved.

For more information about Thank You Day and how the pandemic has impacted Council services, visit: https://www.wealden.gov.uk/press-and-media/coronavirus-covid-19-latest/summary-of-council-impact/